In the Chancel of St. Peter’s Church in Sandwich, Kent, is a brass monument.
The effs which appear are really the long ess, and despite the fact that the word “fawe” in the fifth line clearly contains a w [I can’t tell you how many times I rechecked it, and it came out as a w every time] as the third letter, it probably should really be an emm, making the word “same.”
In modern English, then, we have:
The Gilberts, here Thomas, son of John, were a prominent family in Sandwich. The office of Searcher involved the inspection of leather goods to verify their quality. (Basically, he was a customs officer.) According to Under the Sign: John Bargrave as Collector, Traveler, and Witness by Stephen Bann, Thomas Gilbert was the brother-in-law of Robert Bargrave the Tanner, so had a relationship to the leather goods industry in the area.
His coat of arms (per Burke’s General Armory) is given as:
Gilbert (Savratt, co. Hertford, and Sandwich and Westbury, co. Kent; granted 1593). Gules a saltire or on a chief ermine three piles of the field. Crest - A griffin’s head azure beaked or gorged with a collar ermine.
Given the grant date of 1593, and the death date of 1597, it seems that he did not get much time to use his coat of arms.